Klazura, Rose back in United States


AMERICANS and Bantu Rovers players Gregory Klazura and Mike Rose are back in the United States after they were caught flouting immigration regulations in Victoria Falls last week.


Klazura and Rose were fined after pleading guilty to remaining in Zimbabwe without permits.

They were meant to have left Zimbabwe on February 8, but remained in the country illegally until May 25. Klazura was registered to play for Bantu Rovers this season, but had not started playing as his papers were not in order. He was previously with the Indiana Invaders and Vancouver White Caps and played as a defender. Rose was assisting the team in the technical department and would have been registered in the next Castle Lager Premier Soccer League transfer window.

Bantu Rovers general manager Wilbert Sibanda confirmed yesterday that the two players had returned to their country.

“They are back in the US, but we are hoping that we will have them in the future. For now they have to hold on even though we had registered them,” he said.

He said they were going to replace Klazura and they have started looking around for players.

The Methembe Ndlovu-coached side has not performed well since rejoining the league this season. They are placed 12th on the log and lost their last match against Caps United 0-1.

Bantu Rovers have amassed nine points from three wins. They have lost six times. On Friday, they will face ZPC Kariba at Luveve Stadium with the hope that being at home will play to their advantage. ZPC Kariba have not lost a match and are placed fifth on the log with 15 points from nine matches. They came from two goals down to draw against How Mine in their last encounter in Harare.

Bantu Rovers v ZPC Kariba (Luveve SS9)

Saturday: How Mine v Harare City (Luveve SS9),
Chapungu vs Caps United (Ascot),
Black Rhinos v Buffaloes (Rimuka),
Chiredzi vs Hwange (Chishamiso)

Sunday: Highlanders v FC Platinum (Barbourfields SS9),
Dynamos v Triangle (NSS),
Shabanie Mine v Chicken Inn (Maglas)